Leading up to the NBA Draft we will be analyzing scouting reports for various players who have entered their name in this year’s NBA Draft. The focus of these articles will be on prospects who we find most intriguing and feel readers need to become more familiar with. Please let us know if you want any players specifically @edupridepress. All stats and videos are via KenPom, ESPN, DraftExpress, and YouTube.
Weight: 197 lbs
Projected: 8 (CPP Big Board) 11 (CPP Mock Draft)
Background: Malik Monk is an extremely talented shooting guard that had a massive year for the Kentucky Wildcats. He is the best shooting guard in this NBA Draft as well as the best shooter. The Kentucky backcourt was unstoppable last season and the combination of Monk and De’Aaron Fox are shooting up draft boards as a result. Monk averaged 20 points a game while shooting 40% from deep. He is a lethal shooter and does not need much time to get his shot off. Monk is going to be a Top 10 pick and a backcourt building block for the team that selects him.
Strengths: The NBA places such a high value on knockdown shooters in today’s game. Monk is coming along at the perfect time as he is the best shooter to get drafted since fellow Kentucky Wildcat Devon Booker was selected two years ago. Monk is not just a shooter though as he is a pure scorer. He can shoot or use a late closeout to get to the rim or use his polished mid range game. He is an extremely versatile scorer that uses all three levels to fill up the stat sheet. Monk is the type of scorer that can explode at any time. He scorer 47 points against the eventual National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels in December. He is a generational scorer that will be filling it up for years to come.
Defensively, Monk is a little small for an off guard but displays enough hustle and athleticism to be an above average defender. NBA teams will want to make him work on the defensive end to limit the damage he does at the other side of the court.
Weaknesses: The major weakness in Monk’s game is his size. Monk is a little undersized to matchup against other two guards but is not quick enough or a distributor to be a true point guard. Monk will most likely be a two guard at the next level but will be matched up against much bigger players. Can Monk guard players effectively while giving up 2-3 inches? Can Monk get his shot off while being guarded by taller players? Monk must answer those questions to be successful in the NBA.
Comparison: CJ McCollum
As much as we discuss the lack of big men in the NBA, it is truly become a point guard and wing heavy league. There are very few high quality true shooting guards in the league today. Klay Thompson, CJ McCollum, and Devon Booker are the only true 2 guards that can score on all three levels. McCollum is the one that I immediately went to for a comparison for Monk as he is slightly undersized but still can fill it up. McCollum flies under the radar in a small market playing second fiddle to Damien Lillard in Portland. McCollum is a top two option in Portland filling it up.
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